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Don’t Take Sides in the Tabernacle

Everyone knows the Ark was a key fixture in the innermost part of the Mishkan, aka the Tabernacle, in a room called the Holy of Holies. In the room just before that, known as the Holies, there were three pieces … Read the rest

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Lchaim on Death Wish Coffee

A local highlight of Superbowl50 was the @deathwishcoffee commercial. This local small business is based in Saratoga Springs, run by a UAlbany alumni. They won a Quickbooks competition for a Superbowl spot, and these rarified seconds propelled them into the … Read the rest

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The Three Din Torahs

THE THREE DIN-TORAHS

Long ago, about 250 years ago, an infamous miser died, and no one wanted to pay their respects at the funeral. The Rabbi of the town was the beloved Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev. And when he … Read the rest

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#HakhelHalftime Football Insights

#HakhelHalftime kick ur game up a notch, transform #Superbowl50 into opportunity for group inspiration. #SB50 Big screen big game big idea!

Why #SuperBowl over #WorldSeries? It all hangs on only one game, everything matters so much more. Make things matter! Read the rest

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A Chassidic Take on Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Everyone knows the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. It’s an old classic fairy tale. A little curious or naughty girl named Goldilocks chanced upon a house in the woods where three bears live. The house was empty, but Read the rest

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Jacob, Rachav and the Tree Blessing

by Rabbi Yisroel (Israel) Rubin

There’s an oft-quoted conversation in Talmud tractate Taanis 5b-6a, where Rabbi Yitzchak blesses Rabbi Nachman, using the metaphor of a tree with sweet fruit, abundant shade and a refreshing brook of water passing underneath. There’s … Read the rest

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Tree Messages at Tu Bishvat Cafe

In addition to the wonderful acoustic guitar music played by Grant and Aliza, and the delicious spread of fruity treats, most present at the Tu Bishvat Cafe shared an insight or message that we can learn from trees on this Read the rest

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Give Yourself a Hug

On Friday I was driving about doing pre-Shabbat errands and I was listening to the Roundtable on WAMC 1400 radio. An author was being interviewed, I didn’t listen long enough to catch his name or the name of his book, … Read the rest

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See another doctor…

Jewish Educational Media (JEM) recently released a MyEncounter with the Rebbe video titled “When the Rebbe asked for a Favor” of Rhoda Friedland. See the 5 minute video here on YouTube or see video below.

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Last CozyShabbat of Winter Break 2015-16

January 15-16 2016 will be the last Cozy-Shabbat of UAlbany’s winter break this year, before students return for the Spring ’16 semester and classes resume. If you are up working in the area, living local or moved back early, please … Read the rest

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